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Most Revealing Quotes About A-Rod

There's been a ton of focus on Tampa and Alex Rodriguez today, and most of that attention, rightfully, is directed squarely at the third baseman in question. Yet there have been a few interesting quotes of note to trickle out from Rodriguez's teammates and other Yankee officials that, if they're not pointed out now, may go almost unnoticed.

-- The first one comes from Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who not only called A-Rod a "troubled asset", but compared him to Humpty Dumpty.

"He's a huge investment. So he's an asset, and this is an asset that's currently in crisis," general manager Brian Cashman said. "So we will do everything we can to protect that asset. ... If this is Humpty Dumpty, we've got to put him back together again, to get back up on the wall."

-- Afterwards, ESPN's Hannah Storm tried to talk to all of the Yankees in attendance, but only Johnny Damon would speak on the record. What he had to say was pretty interesting.

Storm asked him about how he felt about Rodriguez's confession, and Damon kept saying, "He could have done something worse." When Storm kept pressing Damon about what was worse, he finally said, "He could have murdered someone."

Doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement of the moral ground A-Rod stands on, does it?

-- ESPN's Bob Holtzman, who was also at the press conference, told ESPN's Scott VanPelt that the general sentiment among the media in attendance was that the emotional moment A-Rod had at the end of the presser, when he composed himself before thanking his teammates, was entirely scripted. You can hear the audio of that interview right here.

-- Joe Girardi was asked both before and after the press conference about what Rodriguez should do. Beforehand, he said that he should take a cue from Andy Pettitte and five as many details as he possibly has. So how did Girardi think afterwards? "I think he did great." He was a little more revealing with our own Barry Svlruga in the moments after he was posting here. "I saw tears. I saw remorse. ... We're a family and you know what? We're going to go through other tough times during the season."

-- Alan Schwarz of The New York Times had a great one-liner about A-Rod's introspection during the question and answer period, where he said "I'm here today to take my medicine." Schwarz's take? "That's the Freudian Slip of the decade."

-- Just for our two cents, we thought this was, by far, the best A-Rod quote of the afternoon, when asked about why he and his cousin wouldn't have consulted with anyone if they thought what were taking was a fairly regular over the counter drug: "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs."

By Cameron Smith  |  February 17, 2009; 4:48 PM ET
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What we saw at the A-Rod conference was a well-scripted, highly polished and slick performance. I truly wanted to believe and trust him, but instead I felt I got an accounting of facts that would make a Madison Avenue ad executive proud because so much was said with very little substance. Alex reminds me of one those kids in grade school with an abundance of intelligence who instad of studying relies on his charm and good looks to get through the school day.

Posted by: emellgee | February 20, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

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